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conference by the new american ambassador to afghanistan. this was his reaction to this latest killing. >> obviously we condemn in the strongest possible terms the assassination of a senior afghan official. our condolences are with his family and the people of afghanistan. another indication, again, of the -- i think both the challenges that afghanistan faces, but also the extraordinary resilience of the afghan government and people. >> there will be disputes about whether this those resilience of the afghan people, because often the death of these officials leave a power vacuum. it's hard to replace those which the u.s. government also trust. >> thank you. well, plenty of bitterness i should say and a hint of embarrassment as republican leaders have had to delay a vote on their proposal for the debt. the plan to cut more than $1 trillion in government spending was sent back saying the sums didn't quite add up. pro bowl said they have just six days left to reach a deal before the government defaults on its debt. >> with the debt talks dragging into extra time, the republicans appear to
sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: the mayor of kandahar was assassinated in southern afghanistan today. a suicide bomber hid explosives in his turban, before blowing himself up inside a heavily-fortified government compound. it's the third taliban attack on an afghan powerbroker in the south in more than two weeks. the new u.s. ambassador to afghanistan ryan crocker said it's proof the taliban is so damaged, it can't carry out large-scale operations. he spoke today in kabul. >> they've had to kind of regroup and figure out what they can do and, in some cases, that has been assassination. we saw a very similar pattern in iraq. clearly, these are horrific attacks but they can also be interpreted as a sign of significant organizational weakness. >> sreenivasan: a taliban spokesman told the associated press the kandahar mayor was targeted for ordering the destruction of homes city officials claimed were illegally constructed. two children were killed during that demolition. the prime minister of norway today announced an independent commission will review how last week's twin attacks were allowed to
important than the sergeant in afghanistan? that's a tough decision to make. those are the kinds of choices that have to be made, the kind of contingency plans that the treasury is mapping out today. it really terribly dangerous. >> let me ask you, before i turn to bigger issues, what are the political consequences for the president, for the speaker of the house, and for those republicans who are taking a hard-line in the house of representatives? >> well, i mean, i think the president believes that because public opinion is more on his side than on the republican de, particularly on the shape of a big plan or who has been less willing to compromise, that they feel that almost any outcome is likely to be beneficial to the president politically. i think that when he went on the tv on monday night, his speech was aimed at the independence that the white house is -- independents that the white house is so focused on to convince them he's the reasonable player in this. i'm not sure that that's necessarily the case when we come out of this that he'll benefit politically. i think everybody could
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